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A First Look Inside Flint’s New Hilton Garden Inn Reveals Transformation of Historic Building

101-room hotel in the Genesee County Savings Bank building slated to open in 2020

FLINT, Mich. —A new Hilton Garden Inn is set to open in downtown Flint in 2020, with the first look inside one of the guest rooms revealing the incredible transformation underway inside the former Genesee County Savings Bank Building at 110 W. Kearsley St.

Based on an original design by Tracy & Swartout, a then-prominent New York architectural firm, the historic 11-story building was Flint’s second skyscraper when it opened in 1920. The current transformation of the nearly 100-year-old building will result in a 101-room Hilton Garden Inn, complete with a full-service restaurant, a meeting and banquet center, and rooftop deck.

The hotel will be managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts. Flint-based firms DW Lurvey Co. and Sorenson Gross are jointly managing construction of the project. Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group is applying its expertise as the architect, interior designer and historic consultant. Financing for the project is being made possible through Uptown Reinvestment Corp. (URC), the project developer, Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Skypoint Ventures and Local Initiatives Support Corp., along with Huntington Bank and Old National Bank.

“The transformation of the historic Genesee County Savings Bank into a modern Hilton Garden Inn will symbolize to the region and beyond that the revitalization of Flint is underway” said URC President Tim Herman. “It will provide business and leisure visitors with upscale accommodations in downtown Flint and expand the customer base for our local restaurants, arts and cultural institutions, and community events.”

The model room revealed Wednesday, Sept. 25, showcases the modern design and amenities that will be present in each guestroom upon completion. The hotel’s interior design draws inspiration from and complements elements of the building’s late-Art Deco-style renovation, completed in 1947. A guest entering the room will experience welcoming, bright and warm white walls, accented with pops of color through the upholstery fabric and classic wood tones featured on furniture pieces. The nods to the Art Deco period extend to the subtle scallop pattern on the upholstered headboard. Bold geometric patterns in the rug and accent wallcoverings make an appearance throughout the space. The artwork on the walls incorporates abstract deco shapes overlaying historic images of the city of Flint. The guestrooms will reflect unique layouts and designs, a common feature of historic buildings that have been restored and preserved in a modern fashion.

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